2017-07-13 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO July 12, 2012

Leelanau County commissioners have balked on a request to increase funding by $20,000 for the Meals on Wheels program, saying other counties pay far less — or nothing — for the same level of service. Leelanau is still in line to contribute $56,000 in 2012 toward the regional program that delivers lunches daily to senior citizens through a volunteer corps of drivers.

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Use of synthetic marijuana, aka ‘Spice,’ may be on the rise in Leelanau County and area police officers are hoping a new Michigan law that makes the formerly legal drug illegal will curb its use, as well as its over-the-counter sale in head shops. Del Moore, Chief of Police of Suttons Bay, in the last few months has run across the drug about a dozen times being smoked in cars, at parks and at parties.

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Mary Ann Arvo doesn’t mind filling out another set of absentee ballots, even though getting her husband’s signature will require a little extra work. She learned this week that due to a mistake in the county clerk’s office, a slew of incorrect absentee ballots have already been sent to voters in Leelanau County.

10 YEARS AGO July 12, 2007

Teachers, families and students have learned that the 2007-08 school year could be the last for Norris Elementary School. Norris, the largest elementary school in Leelanau County, is one of three schools in the Traverse City Area Public Schools that were recommended for closure by Superintendent James Feil.

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Tribal members, casino employees, local veterans and volunteers have been meeting regularly for months to help organize this week’s visit to Leelanau County of the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall. The wall — an 80 percent replica of the actual Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. — was to arrive at the Leelanau Sands Casino in Peshawbestown today to be set up.

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Tax cheaters, beware! If you’re improperly claiming a “Homestead” exemption on your local property taxes, Leelanau County Equalization Department manager Pamela Zientek and county treasurer Vicki Kilway are coming after you. A new program instituted this year by county officials is uncovering a surprising number of property tax cheaters in Leelanau County.

35 YEARS AGO July 15, 1982

An engineering consultant believes that a plan to move coal by conveyer belt across M-22 from the Traverse City Light and Power Co. dock in Grelickville may be economically justified. Bradford S. VanDeventer, hired by the Light and Power board to study the proposal, said Tuesday night a conveyer belt system could also be the first step in developing the Greilickville dock into a deep water port.

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The ring billed gull population on South Manitou Island may be doomed because of a high population of foxes which virtually halted reproduction of the birds on the island, according to an ornithologist at Northern Illinois University. And so, William Southern believes, the National Park Service should take steps to remove the menacing fox population from South Manitou.

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A 23-year old Kingsley driver was arrested on three charges Tuesday to end a long police chase which at times reached more than 100 miles per hour. The chase began at M-22 and Cherry Bend Rd. in Greilickville about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and ended on Co. Rd. 645 just east of Holy Rosary Church when his auto and out of gasoline.

60 YEARS AGO July 11, 1957

Harvesting of Leelanau’s bumper sweet crop began this week in southern and central sections of the county and picking of red tart cherries is expected to start next week. Meantime, the price situation is “very unsettled” according to George McManus, district cherry marketing specialist for the agriculture extension service.

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A spectacular floral parade will cap the Cherry Festival celebration this Friday at 2:00 p.m. in Traverse City. The parade will form at the corners of Railroad, Frankfort and Front Streets and will move west on Front Street to Division then North to Grand View Boulevard.

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Robert Lutz, 15, of 673 N. Sioux Ave., Chicago; son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Lutz, never really got a chance to forget his home on his recent vacation in Leelanau. He picked up a capsule on the Lake Michigan shore near the mouth of the Carp river. The capsule contained a complimentary ticket to the Chicagoland fair. He had travelled over 300 miles from Chicago to get a free ticket to a fair in his home town.

120 YEARS AGO July 8, 1897

Suttons Bay. Frank Kirt purchased a new bicycle of A.A. Sessions. Louis Bolme kept store for F.F. Smiseth during his absence. Marcus Hansen slung soda water and paregoric last Monday for Goldschmitt who celebrated in Elk Rapids.

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Mr. Kasson Freeman of Burdickville, was in our village this week on legal business. Mr. Freeman informs us that his people are making grand preparations for the people’s picnic.

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Maple City. Nearly everybody celebrated at Cedar. Several Maple City citizens went to Empire and viewed the street parade.

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